An early Mamluk silver-inlaid brass bowl, Egypt, 14th century
with large silver-inlaid engraved calligraphic band between foliage, interspersed with four roundels containing seated figures, the underside engraved with a central stylised sun motif surrounded by six roundels containing figures, remnants of silver inlay, incised swimming fish to interior
5cm. height.; 16cm. diam.
By repute, Count Don Enrico Lucchesi Palli, 11th Principe di Campofranco (1861-1924)
Count Enrico Lucchesi Palli together with his cousin Enrico Prince of Bourbon Parma, Count of Bardi, and other notable relatives embarked on a journey around the world between 1887 and 1891, which also took them to Alexandria, Egypt, where this bowl was most likely acquired;
thence by descent